Wednesday, April 06, 2005

 

Prince Rainier, Requiescat in Pace...

Prince Rainier of Monaco has died, leaving the principality in the hands of his son, Prince Albert, who will now be known as His Serene Highness Prince Albert of Monaco. This is the third death in less than a week to rock the Catholic world, beginning with Theresa Marie Schindler on March 31st, and then our Holy Father Pope John Paul II on April 2nd. May all of them find the peace of God's love...

On March 27th, Pope John Paul II sent "a particular blessing" to Monaco's ailing Prince Rainier, who had been hospitalized with a serious chest infection.

The 81-year-old prince, Europe's longest serving monarch, was hospitalized at the principality's Cardiothoracic Center on March 7. The Pope, wrote Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Angelo Sodano in a message addressed to the prince, "is united to Your Highness in thought and prayer, expressing his best wishes for your health. Entrusting you to the intercession of the Virgin Mary, the Pope prays that the Lord will give you the consolation and support of his grace," he added in the message. Prince Rainier had ruled Monaco since 1949. He married American actress Grace Kelly in 1956. Princess Grace died following a car crash in 1982. She is buried in the crypt of the 19th-century Monaco Cathedral, which overlooks the Mediterranean.
Catholic Online - Cathcom - Monaco's Ailing Prince Gets Papal Blessing

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